Company owner given suspended sentence and fine after worker’s death

Gordon Leach from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, appeared in front of Peterborough Crown Court after a worker he hired was crushed to death in his print room.

Mr Leach, who trades as RGE Engineering Company, was held liable for ineffective guarding after his employee’s head was crushed between the pads and printing table of a machine, which she had entered in order to add thinners to the ink reservoir.

In addition to fines and costs of £52,500 the judge handed down a 15-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

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